Week 9 assignment: Personal Reflection Paper
Critical thinking can be defined as a type of reasonable, reflective thinking that is aimed at deciding what to believe or what to do. You could also view it as a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false. For me personally, I see it as a way to view things free of bias so I may better understand the truth in it. Critical thinking is something that everybody should strive for so that they can better understand the world and the other people who they share it with. Maybe this is just a dream, but if everyone could think more critically then I believe we could solve a lot of the problems that plague the human race. The first and most significant thing that I have learned about critical thinking during this class is in identifying and understanding my bad habits. To me this is important because it gives me the ability to try and change these bad habits for the better. I have never really thought about things like allowing myself to be distracted or thinking with an existing bias. Now that I recognize these bad habits, I can be aware of them and try to overcome them. There are also good habits that should be used. Knowing and understanding the good habits can help us avoid the bad ones and better our understanding. The second significant thing I have learned about critical thinking during this class is that there is a difference between an issue and a problem. I have always grouped the two things together. Knowing that a problem is often unacceptable to most or all people while an issue is something we can disagree on but can be worked out will make a difference in the way that both are resolved. I admit that sometimes for me the lines may be blurred, but at least now I can try and tackle them with the understanding that there is a difference. The third significant thing I have learned about critical thinking during this class was from week 7 and the bad...
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